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Unformatted text preview: ss of the day by sanctifying it. Our sages have decreed that
this “sanctification” be done on Sabbaths and on Festivals with wine. (Pesachim 106a).
So, what is a blessing? Up to this point we have used the word ‘blessing’ which is the usual
English translation of the Hebrew word ‘Bracha’. What is a Bracha? We make many Brachot (plural
of Bracha), There are three categories of Brachot. A Bracha when we enjoy something such as when
we eat or drink. A Bracha made when performing a Mitzvah that is commanded from the Torah**
such as before putting on the Tefillin or Talith, when blowing the Shofar on Rosh Hashana when
taking the Lulav on Succoth, and eating Matzah on Passover. The third category of Brachot, we make
is when we are confronted with the wonders of God’s Creation, such as on seeing a rainbow or the
ocean or hearing thunder and on many, many other occasions.
Does God require our blessings to, as it were, satisfy His ego? Similarly, did He require
offerings *** in the T...
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